Category Archives: DIY Projects

Nintendo Classic ‘Duck Hunt’ Rebooted in VR

By Tyler Koslow

One of the most iconic and popular video games of all time, Nintendo’s 1984 NES title Duck Hunt, might be a bit outdated, but who is to say that the classics can’t be reborn with a little help from emerging 3D technology? After attending this year’s Global Game Jam event, one 21-year-old developer from New Jersey named Joesph Delgado became inspired to take Duck Hunt, now over 30-years-old by the way, and reformat it for Virtual Reality.

I’m sure there were a lot of elements of both VR and Duck Hunt for Delgado to consider, implementing the classic Nintendo gun controller, tracking hand motions and ducks, and just making the VR experience as enjoyable as possible, for instance.…

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How to 3D Print in Full Color: DIY Style

By Tyler Koslow

From Taiwan to Ireland, 3D printing enthusiasts around the world are preparing for the next big thing in additive manufacturing: full color 3D printing. 3D printing companies such as 3D Systems previously dominated the full color 3D printing race with the ColorJet Printing, but their hefty price tag of around $40k is discouraging for your average Maker and 3D printing enthusiasts. One user from Instructables.com named Jason Powell has just come up with a DIY path to bring full-color 3D printing to his redesigned Rostock Max, the popular delta 3D printer with a mere $1,000 price tag, making for a much more affordable color printer than any other company on the market.…

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Prof. Pearce’s “Open-Source Lab” Unleashes the Power of 3D Printed Lab Equipment

By Davide Sher

At 3DPI, we have had the opportunity to interview Professor Joshua Pearce from Michigan Tech a few times. That’s because he represents some of concepts that many 3D printer adopters appreciate and like to promote, in particular the use of low-cost 3D printing and other open source technologies directed toward sustainability, innovation, and discovery.
Many times, I have found myself quoting Prof. Pearce’s study on the savings derived from a single open source, 3D printed mechanical pump to exemplify the benefits of 3D printing in general.…

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Adafruit Releases New Project for 3D Printed Daft Punk Helmet

By Tyler Koslow

Specializing in 3D printed DIY projects for open source tech company Adafruit, Noe Ruiz is certainly fond of the legendary electronic music duo Daft Punk. Back in 2014, Ruiz put together a DIY project that allowed customers to 3D print their own full-sized, LED-equipped Daft Punk helmet. The perfect project for an experienced Maker with which to ring in the New Year, Ruiz and the Adafruit team have revamped the previously released helmet project to include Bluetooth-controlled LED lights, giving those who are fans of both Daft Punk and 3D printing one more reason to ‘come on and celebrate’.…

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Who Needs a Sleigh? Decorate Your Tree with Functionalize’s Light-Up Spaceship Ornament

By Tyler Koslow

When 3D printing filament company Functionalize electrified the market with their F-Electric PLA filament earlier this year, makers had an opportunity to print in PLA with conductivity in mind. Functionalize, which is based out of Seattle, has even released creative little DIY kits and projects for their customers, helping them to unlock the full potential of their F-Electric material. Take their Flashlight Kit for example, which is a print-it-yourself project that creates up to five keychain flashlights.

And, now, in the spirit of a spaced out Christmas, Functionalize has just released their spaceship ornament kit, which not only lights up, but also comes equipped with a laser-shooting circuit board.…

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These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For: 3D Print the BB-8 Droid from The Force Awakens

By Tyler Koslow

Unless you’ve spent the better part of the last year living outside of this galaxy, chances are you’ve noted a strong hint of Star Wars fever in the air as The Force Awakens prepares for its upcoming 2015 holiday release. One robotic character that will be rolling around the screen this December is the BB-8, a spherical droid that was unveiled to the public last April. When the non-profit BB-8 Builders Club was born shortly thereafter, diehard fans from around the world came together to focus on building high-quality, full-scale BB-8 droids.…

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Jeffrey Ito Launches MakerBox, Subscription Service for Everything Maker

By Davide Sher

Jeffrey Ito is very active in spreading awareness of the 3D printing industry. Author of the eBook “How to Make Money with 3D Printing“, as well as creator of 3D Masterminds podcast series, Ito has now launched a new service which gets a bit more “physical”: the MakerBox 3D printing filament subscription box, which specializes in periodically delivering high quality, specialty materials every
“Each month we showcase only high quality, unique filaments in our box, from companies such as NinjaFlex, MadeSolid, 3Dom, Taulman3D, an so on,” Jeffrey told me.…

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Designer Releases Open RC F1 Car on Pinshape

By Davide Sher

Formula One and remote controlled cars are two of the segments where industrial 3D printing and desktop 3D printing, respectively are being implemented more intensively. Now designer Daniel Noree has just combined the two in a new project for an Open R/C remote controlled car that resembles a Formula One vehicle The 3D model is downloadable from Pinshape. Those who have been following the evolution of this project know that this is the third version of the car.
This time, designers have focused on simplicity, making the F1 car very easy to print using only half a spool of PLA plastic, and a little bit of a thermoplastic elastomer like TPE for the tires.…

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Watch Yourself Shred: A 3D Printed GoPro Mount for Your Skateboard Deck

By Tyler Koslow

When I was a young adolescent rolling around with a pack of skateboarding hooligans, almost every skating trick, joke, and injury that ever took place was captured on film by one person or another. But never before did I imagine that a camera could be efficiently attached directly onto a skateboard deck. Then again, that was a time before GoPro and other high quality and compact cameras. But one Formlabs employee (and habitual skateboarder) named Josh Foisey has made it possible to film yourself from the point-of-view of your deck with his 3D printable GoPro Tough Mount, which Foisey designed himself and printed with Tough Resin from Formlabs.…

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High School Student 3D Prints Sign Language Learning Game

By Davide Sher

The first who will fully enjoy the benefits of the work that those in the 3D printing industry are doing today are those who are born into the technology. However a few of today’s students will also be prepared for a world where additive manufacturing is the norm, and will be able to combine it with other technologies to explore amazing new possibilities.

Just a few days ago I was invited to moderate two conferences at an even called Udine3D, taking place in Italy’s Northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.…

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